September 2, 2014
Obama, Biden lunch with construction workers, promote infrastructure
US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden lunched today with 4 construction workers at a hamburger restaurant in Washington DC, promoting their campaign for more infrastructure spending.
Obama and Biden are urging Congress to approve a new plan to authorize major construction projects across the country.
The workers -Antonio Byrd, Abdullahi Mohamed, Aidin Sarabi and Meredith Upchurch- were part of the crew in a recently concluded federal funded project in northeast Washington.
"If Congress does not act by the end of the summer we could have hundreds of projects like this stop," Obama told reporters during the lunch.
“It’s an easy decision for Congress: they have to do what is needed to be done,” he added.
In late February, Obama sent a 300,000 million dollar nation-wide infrastructure project to Congress, as 65% of roads and highways across the country are not in optimal conditions according to the White House.